Steve Coppell, former Crystal Palace manager believes the quality of Wilfried Zaha and the organisation of Roy Hodgson will be key as the Eagles attempt to escape from the relegation zone after a tumultuous start to the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.
“It’s a big hole they’ve created for whatever reason,” Coppell said on a visit to Thailand. “I’m not going to criticise any decisions that were made last summer, but it was sad to see big Sam [Allardyce] go because he looked as if he could have established something. Changes were made… they just didn’t work.”
“Now, Roy has come in, and he is very, very solid. He knows his football,” Coppell said. “A critical component of Crystal Palace doing well is Wilfried Zaha as he has proven since he came back into the team. The team won at Chelsea and picked up a point on Saturday because of his goal.
“He has got to remain fit and with the organisation that Roy will bring, the team will have a chance.
“But they’re in a big hole and they’re looking up [at the rest of the table] and they’ll be looking up for some time, but they do have a chance.”
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